How to Stop a Burglar from Lock Snapping

If you’ve got a uPVC door you might want to think about how lock snapping might affect you. It is a method used by burglars to break into these types of doors. But how does it work?

How lock snapping works

Lock snapping involves breaking a euro cylinder lock in two. Almost all uPVC double glazed doors have a euro cylinder or similar lock installed, and many aluminium and composite doors do too.

If the lock is snapped, it leaves the lock mechanism exposed to manipulation and then the door can be opened very quickly and easily.

Preventing lock snapping

Burglaries involving cylinder snapping are on the rise, as if thieves have the right tools they can be in your property quickly and get out within minutes.

Thankfully, the problem can easily be prevented by replacing your euro cylinder lock with a British Standard anti-snap one.

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Anti-snap cylinders

If you fit an approved anti-snap cylinder, you’ll prevent yourself from being subject to these kinds of break-ins. When you’re looking for this kind of lock, also ensure that the cylinder has the following features:

  • Anti-pick
  • Anti-drill
  • Anti-bump
  • Anti-grip
  • 6 pins
  • Kitemarked BS EN 1303:2005
  • TS007 3 star rating
  • SS312 Sold Secure Diamond rating

Look for the British Standard Kitemark with 3 stars above the Kitemark to check for the lock’s quality.

Other security measures

If you’re still worried about burglaries, consider adding a few other security measures to your property.

You could add a chain to your door which will stop someone getting in if you leave the door unlocked or if they pick the lock.

Another method people use to prevent burglaries is add multiple locks to doors to make them more difficult to penetrate.

As long as you have a high-quality lock fitted to your door and you take the advice of locksmiths, you can prevent burglaries and feel safer in your home. If you need the help of a locksmith, simply use our service to get up to 4 quotes from trusted local tradesmen.

How to Stop a Burglar from Lock Snapping
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Emily Rivers

Emily Rivers is the Customer Experience Manager at Quotatis. She informs customers of the latest developments in a range of products so they can make the best choice for their homes and ensures they get the best out of our service. For more information about Emily visit her Google+ profile.